Aplenty—How to choose GREAT chords to play the music you love on
diatonic and chromatic autoharp
This book should be in every autoharpist's library
—Master Luthier and Autoharp
Hall-of-Famer Tom Fladmark, Pennsylvania
essential resource and reference volume that will help you choose the right
chord to play at the right time. Includes 41 pages of chord lists
(successfully test-driven by my B&B students who do not read music) and 21
tunes demonstrating chord use, plus valuable, simple description about how to
determine a tune's key, how to understand and use color chords (seventh, ninth,
sus4/sus2, dim7 and augmented), an exclusive section on how to flesh out a
melody's back-up chords by ear, followed by lots of practical advice to help uncover
those chords that make for a satisfying listening experience. This book explains
music theory as it relates to the autoharp, and is bound
to change the way even the most experienced autoharpist thinks about chords.
(And who knows? Maybe what's here applies to guitar, piano, etc., too!) 164 pages including 21 tunes and over 200 illustrations, fully
indexed and spiral-bound to lay flat while you use it. Click
here to view sample pages. Note: Audio files that you'll be
able to download from this web site are in process. Buy the book now and
you'll be notified by email when they are available.
music for hammered dulcimer and piano, unlike
anything you've heard!
I listened through the CD
three times tonight. Holy Toledo, you are a smokin' hammered dulcimer
player! I LOVE hearing what you do with your instrument.
Fabulous...The tune "Amelia" is exquisite. Lovely.
Excellent, excellent work. —Judy
Lucille Reilly and
pianist Jill Smith introduce each tune "the way it goes" (to their
anyway; this is
folk music, after all), and then they interpret it: Lucille noodles all over,
painting each tune with the sounds of fresh, resonant variations, which Jill
supports by tickling the ivories imaginatively. Together, Lucille and Jill
create a listening experience that
will bring you back to this CD again and again. These masterfully arranged
fiddle tunes for contra dancing (and a weekend breakfast, vacuuming your house,
etc.!), plus one hambo and one waltz, will have you tapping your toes in no
time. Better yet, grab a partner and dance!
Woo Hoo! Leg slappin' goooood!...I think I listened to it four times tonight
already. Such happy music—and the subtle rhythms are
astonishing! My dog dances with me, too. It's too funny!
—Louise Del Vecchio,
Selections include: Dick
Gossip’s Reel *
Double Lead Through/Cincinnati *
Pretty Little Dog/Liberty *
Tenpenny Bit/Morrison’s Jig *
Waiting for Nancy (Curt Bouterse)
* Karis Pers Polska
* Ragtime Annie
* Swallowtail Jig/Swallowtail
Reel des jeunes mariés/Eddie’s Reel
* Fair Jenny’s Jig (Peter
Barnes)/Dancing Bear (Bob McQuillen) *
Scotland the Brave/Golden Slippers *
Amelia (Bob McQuillen)
Thus Sings My Soul— A CD of inspiring hymns (plus two secular pieces) showcasing
Lucille's mastery of both hammered dulcimer and diatonic autoharp (including the ultratonic
variety). Selections include:
Morning Has Broken, I Sing the Mighty Power
of God, Amazing Grace,
Stand Up for Jesus, How Great Thou Art, Sweet Hour of Prayer, Wondrous Love, O'Carolan's
Concerto, There Is a Fountain, Fisher's Hornpipe and more.
$15.00 Dulcimer players: Before you order, click
here! Order now!
The arrangements are simple and lush. —Dulcimer Players News
A compelling gift of arrangement. —Eileen
Roys (editor of "Autoharp Clearinghouse")
I really enjoy the song selections. You could tell the
effort put into the song selection and song order. It is a
wonderful recording. [then in a separate note:]...We had a
bomb threat (sad reality of public schools) and I had two of our
autistic students in my car keeping warm. I put your CD on and it
kept them calm. —James Phillips, Illinois
for Shadrach Productions, these single-sided hammers are the same ones Lucille
plays with, which you can also find illustrated on page 2 (Fig. 1-3) of Striking Out and Winning! (2nd
ed.). Of particular note is that the handles are flat on top, inviting an ergonomically friendly hold
that can give you your best shot at obtaining a
resonant, full-bodied sound. (Remember: sound comes from more than the
dulcimer--the hold is also described in Striking
Out's 2nd ed., beginning on
page 15.) The pair in the photo are made of maple and rosewood, but we
regularly receive a variety of wonderful wood combinations. Buy two pairs and apply leather to
one. $35 per pair. Order now!
Striking Out and Winning! A
music-maker's guide for the hammered dulcimer—First
published in 1984, Striking Out's second edition (1992) remains the best hammered dulcimer book on
the market! Aside from 50 great fiddle tunes (including Soldier's Joy,
Liberty, Golden Slippers, The Irish Washerwoman, Drowsy Maggie, St. Anne's Reel and more), you'll find complete
instructions on how to find your way around all those strings (there are a lot
of them, aren't there?), how to view them in a series of visual patterns that lead to
tunes, how to play rhythms, plus valuable tips
on how to play easily, using revolutionary ideas about how to hold the hammers
and strike the strings, and what playing the dulcimer feels
like. Bountiful exercises will help you play easily, and many of them are drawn from the
tunes, giving you still more ways to reduce your learning time so you can get
to the playing. Temporarily out of
for a copy? Our dealers still have some. Click
here and we'll tell you who's got a copy. Or, if you don't mind a book
that's been poured over (literally), visit The Hall Closet
to order what's left in factory seconds.
The companion CDs to the book--This set of 3 CDs contain all 50 tunes (played once
slowly on the dulcimer along, then once up to tempo with guitar accompaniment)
as well as all exercises in Chapter 4 (many of which are drawn from the
tunes). It coordinates with both the 2nd and forthcoming editions. A terrific help to those needing aural assistance, as well as to
those who read music but want to gain a better feel for the tunes in
particular. Handsomely packaged in an unbreakable plastic wallet.
$35. Order now!
I have never read
more thorough instruction for playing any instrument....you could not, not learn
to play if you follow Lucille's step-by-step
instructions. —Bluegrass Unlimited
With your detailed and dedicated approach to the nuts and bolts of technique
and theory, I'm "Reilly" learning the dulcimer!! For the
first time, I can play with other musicians even when I don't know a lot of
their repertoire—and that's what it's half about
me! —Janet Parkerson, CA
Dear Lucille: Tried the hammer
in Chapter 2 and can clearly hear the improvement in tone. I'm
amazed!!! —Roger Mace, OH
The Hammered Dulcimer A-Chording to Lucille Reilly—A-Chording clearly explains music
theory as it relates to the dulcimer, especially when it comes to
chords. In this book, you'll discover all the possible ways to play triads
and inversions, the different types of chords, how to navigate your way easily
through two- and three-octave arpeggios, and then learn to play several
back-up techniques so you can chord along at jam sessions. Includes the
chords to all 50 tunes in Striking Out and Winning! $27.95
Get a corrections page
Probably the most
complete book on chording for dulcimer players that will ever be written.
Lucille slowly dissects every aspect of chord playing and takes it from the
magical level of "You just do it like this!" (whatever this
is!) to a logical and rational series of steps that can be followed with success
by any intermediate level dulcimer player. —Mitzie
Collins, dulcimer performer/recording artist, NY
A-Chording has been helpful getting some simple concepts into my head
that I just couldn't seem to click on before. I've had the book about
three days. —Jim Peterson, WI
Thus Sings My
Soul: The Hammered Dulcimer Solos (from the CD)—A
handful of Lucille's pencil drafts (from 1980-1998) made reality! Each
piece also sheds insight on how to arrange tunes for solo
dulcimer, from a 26-year master of the craft of sustain. Each solo runs 3-4 pages in length and is note
for note as on the CD. Includes Sweet Hour of Prayer (click here to
view an excerpt),
Stand Up for Jesus (click here to
view an excerpt; this comes with a separate guitar accompaniment),
How Great Thou Art,
Wondrous Love, Amazing Grace, Fisher's Hornpipe (with guitar), and Standing on the
Promises (a duet with diatonic autoharp). A
substantial introductory section offers handy learning tips for each piece, and
more. 54 pages, with comb binding. $16.00 alone, OR $29.00 in combination
with the CD. Order now!
You open the book, and there's the
music! This book needs to be on every dulcimer player's music
stand. —Charles Snyder, CO
I am listening now to
your CD Thus Sings My Soul from an entirely
different perspective and have begun working on "Stand Up For Jesus"
with you looking over my shoulder, encouraging me. Your notation in
this book makes it easier to recognize what should be emphasized. I
wish I lived closer to you! —Deanna
I'm so glad
Lucille arranged these hymns so that I don't have to. A lot of dulcimer
players will be happy to know that these are in print, sparing them endless
listening to the CD to replicate what's there. —Argenta
The Pumping Felt Monograph Series
autoharp. Each monograph (roughly 28-32 pages) delves deeply into one
topic to help you master the instrument, the music, and the musician. Most are
geared for experienced
autoharpists who are beyond the basics yet find they need to fill in some gaps.
1: Forked Deer—What happens when you develop a tune as much as you can melodically? Here is my
interpretation of one simple tune, over
seven variations, to play and study. (Would I really perform a tune
with that many play-throughs? Find out in this monograph!) The
original tune and all variations appear in music notation with melody chords and
commentary about fingering, chord choice, special effects, overall feel,
etc. Includes a section at the end explaining how to arrange tunes.
An essential reference for every performer and contest contender who
wants to do more than play one version of a tune over and over again.
Plus, it's not just for autoharp; it's for every instrumentalist and
singer who wants to think beyond a melody as they currently know it. Click here to hear the original tune. $12.00
laid out and explained…a whole new dimension to the autoharp that will
intrigue and, with the help of an easy-going, understandable text, introduce interesting and challenging techniques for long-time players as well as new
ones….Thanks so much!”
Peterson, author of The Complete Method for Autoharp and Chromaharp
2: The Flowers of Edinburgh (revised edition)—Through
this one Scottish tune, discover how to create a solid melody-chord progression
while maintaining back-up chord sound and developing smooth
fingering. Eight versions of the tune take you through the process; you
perform a step on one version and then see the answers, and the next step, on
the next version. Use the same process to find rock-solid, basic chord
progressions for your favorite tunes.
New in the revised edition: More
detailed instructions about how to create a bass line, with clearer explanations
This is a valuable reference for the diatonic autoharpist to have handy when
harmonizing all of the tunes in one's repertoire.
$15.00. Temporarily out of print, with
projected release for a new edition in December 2013.
Also available for visually impaired
autoharpists: The same edition ready for Grade 1 Braille conversion, on CD-ROM
or on paper for scanning. The teaching format is the same as the print
version, with extra text helps to guide the fingers around; some illustrations
appear in dots. Included on the CD is an ink-printable reference page to
enable study with sighted players, plus the MIDI files. Oh, and an
autoharp is rendered in dots on the front cover! 122 pages when embossed.
in CD or hard-copy format. Order now!
Vol 5: How
to Create and Play the Ultratonic Autoharp—After Lucille
won both the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Championship and the International
Autoharp Championship in 1995, she explored this little-charted area of
diatonic territory, created by the late Marty Schuman. Now you can
explore it, too. This monograph takes you step by step through the
conversion process, then starts you playing simple songs on this
fascinating diatonic variant that's more mistake-proof than "normal"
diatonic autoharps. Includes helpful charts showing ten "sort
of" I-IV-V progressions, and the results of depressing any two
chord bars together (but if you think you're going to play that way all
the time, you're missing the point of this incredibly resonant and
$15.00 Order now! Go
to the errata page
There have been
several short articles in Autoharp Quarterly through the years explaining
what the ultratonic autoharp is and how to play it, but nothing as comprehensive
as this monograph....Very detailed and thorough instructions....Lucille's
explanations are so clear that you will learn the things you need to know.
Practical tips that come from her years of experience are sprinkled throughout
the instructions. —Autoharp Quarterly
Click here to
view the rest of the Pumping Felt monographs currently available. More are
on the way!
What Every Musician Needs
to Know about the Body by Barbara
A must-have for anyone
who plays a musical instrument, for it is we who play our instruments and not
the instruments themselves. We can do our bodies in (some, unfortunately,
already have) if we don't understand how they are designed to function for a
lifetime of great music making. Since 2005, this book has been my constant
companion wherever I go to teach, and its impact has been positive on my
students, helping them to play with easily and with greater musicality. An
easy, informative read with loads of clear illustrations and a good dose of
humor. $21.95 Order now!
A diatonic autoharp instruction book. Loads of tunes,
how-tos for chord usage, picking techniques and much more. Click here
to be on the mailing list.
Improvisations for hymns and carols, all scored for
dulcimer, organ and congregation!
A how-to volume on "self-chorded" tunes for
A composers' guide to the hammered dulcimer.
The story of my "sabbatical" working in Yellowstone National
Park. (A subject remotely related to the music in my life.)
A tunebook series! Each book
showcases about 25 tunes, plus a tutorial. Some volumes also include mini-lessons to
help you develop new techniques to apply to music
from fiddle-tune books, sheet music, etc. Each book uses the same techniques and
notational symbols as Striking Out and Winning!
Vol. 1 (Reels) and Vol. 2 ("fill-in" tunes) are on the way. Want to be notified about their
release? Click here
to be on the mailing list.
Something else? for new products.
Got a song or tune
you composed but can't write down? Or does a scrawled score need to be
professionally typeset before you can put it in your church bulletin or send it
off to a publisher for consideration? Or, do you need to preserve a
tradition of folk music accurately? Click
And for the person who has everything...
lessons make a great gift that will keep on giving for years to come. Click
here to see about making a positive impact on your own musical life or that
of a dulcimer player or autoharpist you love.
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